Portugal is a nation with so much to offer tourists, and one of the places you need to add to your bucket list if you’ve never been. The climate is amazing, and the geography is stunning, not to mention the hugely important culture and history of the country. If you’re planning on paying a visit to Portugal, you will want to know about how you can visit and experience it as cheaply as possible.
We understand that taking a vacation these days can be an expensive prospect, so it’s important to look for ways of saving money. This is something you can do in a number of ways, and we’re going to look at some of them right now. It’s perfectly possible to have an unforgettable Portuguese experience, without having to spend too much money doing it.
Where to visit
There are plenty of great places to see in Portugal, even on a budget, and we would recommend you check out The Algarve, as well as Lisbon when you get the opportunity. In fact, Portugal was rated as one of the cheapest vacation destinations in Europe. Lagos in the Algarve is a personal favorite of ours and is incredibly budget-friendly. However, we reckon the best place to visit has got to be Porto – it’s cheap, lively, and brilliantly located. If you want a budget-friendly trip to Portugal Porto might just be the ideal place to go.
Traveling around Portugal on a budget is another thing you can actually do pretty easily, and for cheap as well. The best thing to do is to make use of public transport and really get the most out of your money. The city Metro would be your best bet, and this will cost you around €1.50 for a single journey – buses are also incredibly cheap. You could even catch the bus or train for longer journeys on the cheap too. Like, a journey from Lisbon to Porto (and vice versa) will generally cost you around €30. If you want a different and more immersive experience, that is also cheap, we would recommend hiring a bicycle for around €15 in most places.
Food and drink
Food and drink is a real treat in Portugal, and, as you might imagine, there is a huge seafood culture here. There will be expensive restaurants, and cheaper restaurants, as is the case wherever you go. Snacks and light meals will set you back anywhere up to around €10, whereas a sit-down meal will cost closer to €20. But, if you look into the area you’re visiting, you’ll be able to find places wonderful restaurants that are much cheaper. Portugal has some of the best-value food in Europe, making it the perfect destination for anyone looking to save money where they can.
There are so many amazing things to see while you’re in Portugal. You could head for Lagos, the southernmost point in Europe, and see the great lighthouse there. Wander the Abbey of Santa Maria, one of the most beautiful places in the world. Pop to the small town of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site full of beautiful historic buildings and monuments. And, if you want a more tropical experience, make sure you head to the stunning Azores Islands, nestled in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
So, there we have Portugal in a nutshell – it’s the ideal European destination for anyone looking for an amazing budget vacation. This is an amazing country, with loads of important history – did you know the Portuguese colonized Brazil?! If you are looking for somewhere in Europe that has delicious food, amazing weather, stunning cities, and mind-blowing tourist attractions, and doesn’t cost the Earth, Portugal is the place for you.